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evil

[AS. yfel]
An infrequently used term for disease or illness.
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It is important to stress that the ontological-axiological pattern of Augustine's concept of evil does not emerge only in his reflections concerning evil as being but at the same time in the ones devoted to sin.
Some research exists that involves students' views on evil peripherally, but the concept of evil itself has not been the focus; rather, these studies have assumed a definition of evil without delving into its meaning (Mau & Pope- Davis, 1993; Carter, Yeh, & Mazzula, 2008).
the serial sex killer." (334) The great twentieth-century philosopher of evil is Hannah Arendt, who, in her struggle to find a conceptual apparatus adequate to twentieth-century genocide and totalitarianism, made the concept of evil one of her basic intellectual projects.
The essays in this collection highlight a number of perspectives on how the concept of evil is experienced, constructed, and confronted, from Christian, Muslim, secular, and traditional African religious perspectives.
The philosopher Raimond Gaita asks, "Does the concept of evil mark out a distinctive moral reality?" (7) As strange as it may seem, the source of Gaita's puzzlement comes from "people [who] doubt that the concept of evil makes an interesting and distinctive contribution to our moral understanding." (8) Gaita gives Inga Clendinnen as an example of the kind of moral skeptic he has in mind.
Susan Nieman's Evil in Modern Thought (2002), cited by Paulson, is an important corollary work in the history of philosophy; Jeffery Burton Russell's volumes on the Devil in Western thought, literature, and art provide a magisterial survey of the evolution of the concept of evil from antiquity to the present.
Its objectives are twofold: first, to show that in the post-Enlightenment era Baudelaire makes a decisive contribution to this debate through poetry and theoretical writings that have both assimilated earlier or contemporary notions of evil and acted as a catalyst to a polemical treatment of the subject by certain important twentieth-century thinkers; and, secondly, to suggest a fresh approach to Baudelaire criticism through a judiciously considered application of the concept of evil to his work.
They examine the role of the divine, sacrifices and prayers, the unseen world of the ancestors, the concept of evil, the explicable yet inexplicable servants, the possible yet impossible rituals, and the triumph of spirit over matter.
Here, he argues that forensic psychiatry is not immune to the concept and compiles 18 essays on the concept of evil by scholars from various fields based in the UK, US, and Australia.
Allowing nonbelievers to use the concept of evil to diminish God has consequences for all people, especially in what remains of Christendom.
Mr Findlay said of Jodi's death: ``It was a cruel and barbaric act and if you believe in the concept of evil in the world then it was truly an act of unspeakable evil.

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